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Latest news and updates from Bedgebury

Current vehicle admission fees from April 2016

Bedgebury pay stationWe've made some changes to our vehicle admission fees. See planning your visit for new vehicle admission fees that will come into place from 1st April 2016


Busy days at Bedgebury

As the weather is warming up we are becoming increasingly popular and therefore busy at weekends and in the holidays.

As we have limited capacity within our car park, for safety reasons, we occasionally have to make the decision to close the car park for short spells at peak times until we have sufficient space to allow more visitors in. This is regrettable, and only done as a last resort as we do not wish you to have a bad experience when you visit us.

As well as providing staff to manage this sometimes difficult and frustrating situation, we are also putting up signs which should be visible on your visit if the car park is full, and posting updates on social media.

Whilst membership provides unlimited admission to this wonderful site for a year, we are unable to guarantee admission. We work very hard indeed to ensure this happens as infrequently as possible, but it can’t always be avoided.

If you are in any doubt, you can always call us before setting off. The Visitor Centre Information Office can be reached from 9.30am on 01580 879820. We will be able to tell you whether our overflow car park is in operation (sometimes due to wet weather, we are unable to use this) or whether there are any other events taking place on site that might restrict admission.

To make your visit more enjoyable, you might like to try coming to Bedgebury earlier or later in the day, or on a quieter day of the week to avoid our really busy times. You’ll find it easier to get in and you’ll also find that the Pinetum and forest are equally as charming at quieter times, with all the space and freedom to enjoy all the things you love about Bedgebury.

Visitor Centre Infrastructure Upgrades

Starting in early May, we will be undertaking essential upgrade works to our drainage and electricity infrastructure in and around the Visitor Centre in order to improve your visit to Bedgebury.

Work is expected to take 10 weeks, and during this period there will be some disruption around the Visitor Centre, Quench Cycles and the path leading to the play area and Go Ape.

Disruption will be kept to a minimum, however, so that you can continue to enjoy your visit, please ensure that you follow all safety warning signs and diversions and take care around operations.

We aim to complete all work as quickly and smoothly as possible and Bedgebury will always remain open throughout. Thank you for your cooperation.

To find out more, or if you have any questions, call into the visitor information office or contact

MTB Trail update

After careful consideration and discussion with BFCC and Quench the Bike Park facilities have been permanently removed. The main driver for this decision was the continuing poor state of the facilities. We will be looking at bringing back some new facilities in the future - watch this space for further updates!

Bedgebury coppicing work

As part of our ongoing forest maintenance plan we undertake coppicing work at Bedgebury at various times throughout the year.

Some of the work takes place around the cycle routes or play areas, but where possible, we will avoid working in these areas at weekends or during school holidays. However closures can be expected on a mobile basis across the site.

All work follows the Forest Design Plan in that they will allow for coppice to be brought back into rotation and will provide ecological benefits, including ride side management for habitat improvement.

So that you can continue to enjoy your visit, plese ensure that you follow all safety warning signs and diversions, and take care around operations.

We aim to complete all work as quickly and smoothly as possible and Bedgebury will always remain open throughout. Thank you

Bedgebury Sewage Plant upgrade

In order to improve your visit to Bedgebury we have recently made some important changes to upgrade the Sewage Treatment System at the Visitor Centre.

Work has now finished, and the final landscaping and planting phase is now settling in.

We may need to close some paths for a short while. If we do, please follow any safety and diversion signs that are there so that you can continue to enjoy your day out at Bedgebury.

We aim to introduce the improvements as smoothly as possible and Bedgebury will remain open throughout. Thank you

Play Trail improvements

Crows Nest. Following a recent safety check we have had to close the Crows Nest at the Shipwreck Area. The facility will be metal barriered for now whilst we look at what repairs are needed. Please follow all safety signs.

Children playing on a rope swing at Bedgebury Throughout 2015 we were very busy carrying out improvements to the play area. Some of the work formed part of our ongoing maintenance plan which is vital to keep the play furniture safe and fun for you all to enjoy, whilst other work meant installing new play equipment. Ants nest at West woodIn total, we spent around £10k on maintenance and repair work, and £40K on two new bits of play equipment, as well as replacing all the wood chip and adding 40 tonnes of new sand to the play areas! We hope that you will continue to have fun on the play trail!

Occaisionally we have to close off some sections for a short time while we carry out inspections and maintenance, so if you notice any safety and diversion signs, please follow them while we carry out this essential work in order to provide the improvements for you.


Removal of fungi from the Pinetum and forest is strictly forbidden. At Bedgebury, our tree team uses the presence of fungi as an indicator that a tree is under stress and may need extra attention.

Fly agaric (amanita muscaria).Also as some fungi are poisonous you should never eat them unless you are absolutely sure they are safe. In addition, others should not be picked due to their rare status in the UK.

We therefore request that you respect this by not picking fungi from the Pinetum and Forest. Thank you.

Last updated: 2nd August 2016

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